Anxiety and stress can develop from a very young age and if not acknowledged and managed, can lead to all sorts of stressful situations throughout a young woman in the making's developing childhood and life.
We can often think that little people have little worries but these little worries can grow into big worries and become repetitive patterns of worry. For example, a young girl might feel unpopular at school and as a result become more focussed on what others think about her, rather than what she thinks about herself. In turn, a young girl might lean towards relying on her teachers to praise and reward her for achievements rather than recognising and valuing her own unique talents and gifts, regardless of the awards and accolades bestowed upon her. All of these little stresses can form the foundation for little minds feeling overloaded with worry.
Here's 3 Ideas to support your girls to stress less and smile more.
1. REMEMBER DAILY MILESTONES
Before your child goes to bed each night, encourage them to share three highlights or milestones from their day. Allowing your child to reconnect with the positive moments in their day, not only prepares them for a restful sleep but also directs their mind to notice and create more positive moments each new day.
2. RECOGNISE & ACKNOWLEDGE GREATNESS
Take a moment each week to have one-on-one time with your child and share three things you admire about them. Try to include new things when you can, to let your child know that even though you may not praise them all the time, you do recognise their greatness. Take this sharing time to the next level, by asking your child to also share three things they admire about themselves.
3. WRITE IT OUT
Buy your daughter a journal and encourage her to write her thoughts in it. Invite her to write highlights and lowlights and date the page, which can be a helpful way of tracking your child's overall wellbeing. Invite them to share any thoughts from their journal they would like to reflect on with you.